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22 September 2015

Tour advice from Scylla

 

Are you a band hitting the road soon, and don’t know what to expect, do, or bring?  Well this is for you.  Obviously this isn’t say all be all, and you will have to cater to your needs, but this is what works for us.  The thing is you will forget stuff, make mistakes, and bad things will happen.  Learn from your experiences and you’ll know better for next time.  The video goes into a little more detail, but here are some straight to the point list.

 

How to come back from tour as one band:

  • Like your bandmates
  • Squash beef right away and get over it
  • Pull your weight
  • Be conscientious of others
  • Make rules and stick to them
  • Stay positive and support each other

Where will you eat:

  • Prepared meals
  • Fast food
  • Convenience store food
  • Guest hospitality

Where will you sleep:

  • In/on the van (Wal-mart parking lot)
  • Trailer bunks (Wal-mart parking lot)
  • Cheap hotel (only like once a week)
  • Guest hospitality

Where will you shower:

  • Sink
  • Baby wipes
  • Portable shower
  • Guest hospitality

Random tips:

  • Have good selection of road music
  • Don’t leave van alone and park smart
  • Load backpack with essentials
  • Talk to people and make connections
  • Know who’s driving and get sleep
  • Deposit money ASAP
  • Know your van, and be able to do some mechanic work (This will save lots of money)
  • Have fun

Things to do before you leave:

  • Share the event and contact people in the area
  • Check out van (fill fluids, change oil, check tires, wipers, and lights)
  • Practice set
  • Pay bills
  • Clean refrigerator and do dishes
  • Notify card company
  • Check musical equipment
  • Save money

What to Bring Personal hygiene and body care:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Body wash
  • Mesh pouf
  • Q-tips
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Flip Flops
  • Nail clipper
  • Baby powder
  • Toilet paper
  • Portable shower
  • Vitamins
  • Baby wipes

Personal items:

  • Car phone charger
  • Wall phone charger
  • Ipod
  • Headphones
  • Entertainment (laptop, book, skateboard)
  • Some clothes (Shirts, shorts, pants)
  • Lots of underwear and socks
  • Show clothes
  • Towel
  • Flashlight
  • Marker
  • Camera
  • ID
  • Money (Set a budget)
  • Gum/mints
  • Lighter
  • Knife
  • Dirty clothes bag
  • Jacket
  • Multiple pairs of shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Food/snacks
  • Sleeping bag
  • Backpack

In the Van/trailer:

  • Cooler/Ice chest
  • Water
  • Trash can
  • Extra van fluids (oil, transmission, power steering, anti-coolant)
  • Tools to change a tire
  • Jumper cables
  • Tool box with the main tools (adjustable wrench, screwdrivers, tape, pliers, scissors)
  • Spare tire for van and trailer
  • Portable lights
  • AAA card
  • Insurance card
  • Proof of registration
  • Aux cord
  • Window shades
  • Air freshener
  • First aid kit
  • Spare change (If traveling on the East coast)
  • GPS/map

Show:

  • Instrument and hardware (make a list)
  • Extra necessities (picks, strings, sticks, batteries)
  • Promotional material (business cards, stickers, posters)
  • Scrims/performance enhancers
  • Fan sign up sheet
  • Money box
  • Tip Jar
  • Merch
  • Merch table
  • Merch light
  • A way to accept CC’s
  • Extension cords
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